A New Coach Brings New Ideas to Lacrosse

No matter what the sport is, there are new players and new coaches every day. That is the law of the land when it comes to sports. Oftentimes, it is not that one coach is better or worse. Coaches change teams all the time and there is nothing usual about it. It is just the business side of things and what might work best for the team. The Loyola men’s lacrosse has hired a coach with fifteen years of coaching experience at Virginia to bring his brand of offense as offensive coordinator to the team. That is a lot of time to spend in once place because, as mentioned, coaches change teams from time to time. This change seems like a match made in heaven.

As offensive coordinator, he has overseen a lot of success at Virginia. He knows how to reach players, speak to them, and relate to them. It is not easy being a coach, but he has the communication skills and knowledge to get it done. When you have been doing it as long as he has, there is a great chance that this coach has been through great wins and tough losses. He also coached many different personality types. He knows there is no one right or wrong way to coach a player. Everyone is different.

One can’t help but be impressed by the resume of Marc Van Arsdale. The thing that comes to mind is something that every team out there thrives for and that is championships. As the coach of the offense, they won NCAA Division I championships in 2003, 2006 and 2011. Alumni like Sean Hecker have previously led the team to success. That is three championships and when he enters the building at Loyola, and they are going to know all about those championships. It brings instant credibility to him and the program.

He also oversaw three Tewaaraton Award winners in midfielder Chris Rotelli (2003) and attackmen Matt Ward (2006) and Steele Stanwick (2011). This proves that when he sees a good player, he turns them into great players. That is what great coaches do. A lot of people have talent, but they don’t always have the right coach to push their buttons or bring out the best in them. He knows how to see their talent and get them to believe in themselves and succeed in ways they probably never thought possible. This is a fantastic hire and it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds.